For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Nine early career researchers awarded for research presented at fruit fly conference
GSA Poster Awards for 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference
BETHESDA, MD –The Genetics Society of America (GSA) and the Drosophila research community are pleased to announce the winners of the GSA poster awards at the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, which took place in Chicago, IL, March 4–8, 2015. The awards were made to undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral scientists in recognition of the research they presented at the conference. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster is one of the most versatile and widely used model organisms applied to the study of genetics, physiology, and evolution.
"These early career scientists are already making substantive contributions to our field," said Adam P. Fagen, PhD, GSA's Executive Director. "Conference attendees had the opportunity to learn about some exciting research advancements from these talented scientists."
Over 1,500 researchers attended the meeting, and the winning posters were selected by a panel of leading Drosophila researchers.
The winners of the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference GSA Poster Awards are:
Graduate student winners
Each poster awardee receives a cash prize, a complimentary extension to their GSA membership, and a copy of Conversations in Genetics, a series of interviews with leaders in the field of genetics. The Society typically awards such prizes several times a year at each of their conferences on genetic research focused on a variety of model organisms. Cohen and Pushel were also recipients of a Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Award, which provided support for them to present their research at the meeting.
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About the Drosophila Research Conference
More than 1,500 researchers attend GSA's Annual Drosophila Research Conference to share the latest research using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and related insect species. Many of the findings from these model organisms have broad application for the study of human genetic traits and diseases. For more information about the conference, please see http://www.genetics-gsa.org/drosophila/2015/.
About the Genetics Society of America (GSA)
Founded in 1931, the Genetics Society of America (GSA) is the professional scientific society for genetics researchers and educators. The Society’s more than 5,000 members worldwide work to deepen our understanding of the living world by advancing the field of genetics, from the molecular to the population level. GSA promotes research and fosters communication through a number of GSA-sponsored conferences including regular meetings that focus on particular model organisms. GSA publishes two peer-reviewed, peer-edited scholarly journals: GENETICS, which has published high quality original research across the breadth of the field since 1916, and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, an open-access journal launched in 2011 to disseminate high quality foundational research in genetics and genomics. The Society also has a deep commitment to education and fostering the next generation of scholars in the field. For more information about GSA, please visit www.genetics-gsa.org.